Preschool Activities and Printables

Countdown Chain

We made a fun space themed countdown chain, and so can you!


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We always find great science and nature books at thrift stores, and we’ve amassed quite a collection!  Often they become parts of collages or big projects, but today we used one to make a countdown chain.  What better to use than a old space book?


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First we collected our supplies.  We used “The Heavens” to make our chains, but you could use any outdated book with good pictures!


You’ll also need

  • Scissors or a papercutter
  • Tape
  • A date to count down to!


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First we chose some pages that had great illustrations.  (Don’t get heartbroken about cutting up a book!  Some books are worth holding onto, but this one was destined for a landfill – we gave it one last job, as part of an art project! Science books are especially good for this because a lot of the time the information in them is outdated).


Pull the pages you want, and then trim the torn side so it’s straight.


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Cut the paper into 1” strips, across the paper the short way.  This is quick work if you have a papercutter, but is also good cutting practice, if you don’t’ have one.  If your child has a steady hand, you can set them up to cut multiple pages at once.  If not, do one page at a time – no rush!


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Link the chain links using a bit of pretty tape.  Make one chain link for each day counting down to a fun event, like a birthday!  Every day you can tear one off before bed, as you get closer to the event.  Fun!

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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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